Six stakes races got off the ground at Pimlico on Saturday. Four of them were run for $100K, while the other two ran for $125K. Without further delay, here's how the scores were settled:
The $100K Dahlia Stakes was won by XANTHIQUE, ridden by Feargal Lynch, trained by Thomas Morley, owned by VinLaur Racing Stables LLC.
XANTHIQUE broke alertly for Feargal Lynch and was taken back towards rear of the field, while the frontrunners coasted through opening fractions of 23.25 and 47.57. She raced reserved along the rail before making impressive headway rounding the turn for home. Momentarily boxed behind horses, she dives to the inside and then switches out in deep stretch to beat CRYSTAL CLIFFS by a nose. CRYSTAL CLIFFS has to settle for second, while VIGILANTES WAY finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth was 1:41.92.
XANTHIQUE paid $14.20 to win, $5.40 to place, and $2.60 to show. She is by INTO MISCHIEF out of QUALIA by SAARLAND. She improves her record to 5 wins from 18 starts, pushing her earnings to $287,793, while winning her first and only start at Pimlico.
The $100K Frank Y. Whitely Stakes was won by LAKI, ridden by Horacio Karamanos, trained by Damon Dilodovico, owned by Hillside Equestrian Meadors.
LAKI broke out on top for Horacio Karamanos and tucked in behind the leading flight, while the leaders pushed opening quarters of 23.33 and 45.55. The tempo quicked and LAKI was urged to get into contention. Horacio Karamanos cuts him loose at the turn, and has to use the full length of the stretch to defeat LEBDA in the final strides. LEBDA settled for second, while EASTERN BAY ran third. The final time was 1:09.33 for the six furlongs on dirt.
LAKI paid $10.20 to win, $5.80 to place, and $3.80 to show. He is by CUBA out of TRUTHFUL DUTCH by SWEAR BY DIXIE. He improves his record to 11 wins from 33 starts, while pushing his earnings to $800,662.
The $100K Henry S. Clark Stakes was won by CORELLI, ridden by Jevian Toledo, trained by Jonathan Thomas, owned by Augustin Stable.
CORELLI broke evenly and was guided to the rear by Jevian Toledo, about eight lengths off the leaders. They breezed through opening fractions of 23.73 and 47.76. CORELLI relaxed into a long and comfortable stride through the backside. With three furlongs to go, he moves up nicely along the rail before angling out on the turn. He's then fully extended and unleashes an excellent turn of foot, storming home for the win, holding off PIXELATE's late rally to his inside. DREAMS OF TOMORROW was a few lengths back in third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth on turf was 1:41.55.
CORELLI paid $12.00 to win, $5.60 to place, and $4.20 to show. He is by POINT OF ENTRY out of VIGNETTE by DIESIS. He improves his record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds out of 15 starts. He pushes his earnings to $183,705 while winning his comeback race of over six months.
The $125K Weber City Miss Stakes was won by MISS LESLIE, ridden by J. Acosta, trained by Claudio Gonzalez, owned by BB Horses.
MISS LESLIE was sandwiched leaving the gate and immediately found herself near the rear of the field, about five lengths off the frontrunners. They ran an opening quarter in 24.59 and a half in 48.59. With three furlongs to go, MISS LESLIE is asked for run and she's full of it — she circles the field and enters the stretch with a full head of steam, running by her rivals and holding off the late charge of OLIVIAOFTHEDESERT to her inside. LITTLESTITIOUS ran on to be third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth was 1:44.28.
MISS LESLIE paid $21.20 to win, $6.80 to place, and $2.80 to show. She is by PAYNTER out of ZEENUT by MINGUN. She improves her record to 4 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third out of 8 total starts. Her earnings exceed $204,6000, and she makes her return off a two-month break a winning one.
The $125K Frederico Tesio Stakes was won by THE REDS via DQ decision, ridden by Victor Carrasco, trained by John Kimmel, owned by Flanagan Racing.
THE REDS broke left and was bumped at the start, then was ranked entering the backstretch, tossing his head up several times. Victor Carrasco guided him to race in mid pack, trying to settle him down while the leaders set the pace of 24.13 and 48.12 for opening fractions. They raced strung out over quite some ground. At least eight lengths had covered them front to back. Rounding the turn, the pacesetters start to tire and shorten stride. EXCELLORATOR gets first run at the lead but is engaged by THE REDS, who commenced his rally from the back of the pack and was ready to duel! They bump each other down the lane, yet EXCELLORATOR manages to keep his head in front through the wire.
EXCELLORATOR crossed the wire first, but the Stewards would ultimately disqualify him to second place behind the new winner, THE REDS. ROYAL NUMBER finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth was 1:49.98.
THE REDS paid $5.80 to win, $3.60 to place, and $2.80 to show. He is by TONALIST out of ASH ZEE by EXCHANGE RATE. He wins for the second time in just 7 total starts, pushing his earnings to $147,980.
The $100K King T Leatherbury Stakes was won by COMPLETED PASS, ridden by Angel Cruz, trained by Claudio Gonzalez, owned by Robert D. Bone.
COMPLETED PASS was away sharply, but outrunned for the early lead, electing to take a tracking trip behind the leading pair through opening splits of 22.09 and 45.19. They flew the first quarter but slowed down the second. Jockey Angel Cruz pushes the button early on COMPLETED PASS, and they make the lead at the top of the stretch, while FRANCATELLI, the pacesetter, is stubborn and goes with him! These two kick away from the field with an eighth of a mile left to go. But COMPLETED PASS is finishing the strongest; he surges clear to win by three-quarters of a length at the wire. FRANCATELLI ran great to be second. FAIR CATCH was four lengths back in third. The final time for the five furlong dash on turf was 56.52.
COMPLETED PASS paid $6.80 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.60 to show. He is by PASS RUSH out of CHRISTINA'S GOLD by GOLD TOKEN. He improves his record to 9 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds out of 21 total starts, pushing his earnings to $398,320.